Although known as the master of the unorthodox and a brilliant individualist who could single-handedly turn a game, the force that drove Bob Fulton was a competitive spirit that coursed through his body.
It propelled him to great heights as a player and later as a coach at club and international level.
One of the game's original ''Immortals'', Fulton holds the unique distinction of winning premiership titles and Ashes series as a player, captain and coach.
Born in England and raised in Wollongong, Fulton joined Manly as an 18-year-old and in 11 years with the Sea Eagles never played anything other than first grade.
In 1967, he was chosen as captain of City against Country in a selection trial for that year's Kangaroo tour, but was outpointed by Country pivot Tony Branson and missed out on selection.
However, he was included in Australia's World Cup squad during the following season, and went on to play 35 Tests and World Cup matches for Australia.
Fulton won premierships with Manly in 1972, 1973 (when his two tries paved the way for victory over Cronulla) and 1976, when he captained the Sea Eagles to victory in his final game for the club.
He then accepted a rich offer to join Easts, played two years there, and then turned to coaching, steering Manly to premiership titles in 1987 and 1996, and coaching Australia from 1989 to 1998.
Clubs: Wests Wollongong 1965; Manly 1966–76; Warrington 1969–70; Eastern Suburbs 1977–79.
Club landmarks: Won premierships with Manly 1972–73, 1976 (captain).
Games for NSW: 16 (1967–78).
Tests for Australia: 20 (1970–78) — seven as captain.
World Cup matches: 15 (1968–75).
Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tours 1973, 1978 (as captain); World Cups 1968, 1970, 1972; World Series 1975; Inducted as one of the original Immortals 1981.